Noted documentary photographer Ken Light is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. In this remarkable interview we discuss Ken's new book, "What's Going On? Photographs from 1969-1974," which features work that reflected his "young radical vision" in the late '60s-early '70s, when he was a photographer for Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York. We also talk about Ken’s experiences in producing his earlier book, "Texas Death Row." Light was the first photographer ever to be given access to Texas’ infamous Death Row, including the prisoners' cells -- when Death Row was at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville
Ken Light has worked as a freelance documentary photographer for 45 years, focusing on social issues facing America. His work has been published in nine books, including "Valley of Shadows and Dreams," "Coal Hollow," "Delta Time," "To The Promised Land," and "With These Hands." He is also the author of "Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers," now in its second edition. His work has been in numerous photo essays in magazines and a variety of media, and presented in exhibitions worldwide. He is the Reva and David Logan Professor of Photojournalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and was the 2012 Laventhol Visiting Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His website is http://www.kenlight.com/.
You can also read "Ken Light's photographic journey through the chaos and the calm," Ken Wachsberger's Rag Blog review of "What's Going On? 1969-1974," here: http://www.theragblog.com/ken-wachsberger-ken-lights-photographic-journey-through-the-chaos-and-the-calm/.
Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today (VeteransToday.com). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 56:09.